With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners.
Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three 50-double seasons:
5 – Tris Speaker
3 – Stan Musial, Pujols, Brian Roberts, Paul Waner
2 – Craig Biggio, George Burns, Nomar Garciaparra, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Todd Helton, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, Edgar Martinez, Joe Medwick
Pujols is the only player to achieve three 50-double and 30-homer seasons. While Musial had several 30-homer seasons later in his career and did get to 50 and 30 once, he had just 12 and 16 homers in his first two 50-double seasons. Speaker, Roberts and Waner never hit 20 homers in a season.
The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders on the 40-man roster. The right-hander has had a rough go of it in 66 innings in the majors, owning a 6.68 ERA and a 62/14 K/BB ratio. That ratio shows there’s some potential there and the Marlins will have about five years to try and discover it.
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley. It’s a major league deal worth $2 million.
Hundley, who is 33, but who seems like he’s been in the bigs for about 27 years, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season. Obviously he will be the backup given the presence of Buster Posey.